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Former coach slams lazy Podolski

ESPN staff
September 30, 2012
Berti Vogts believes Lukas Podolski spent too much time partying in Cologne © PA Photos

Lukas Podolski faces a career-defining first season at Arsenal, according to former Germany coach Berti Vogts, who has launched a scathing attack on the Gunners striker.

Vogts described Podolski, who arrived at Emirates Stadium from Cologne in the summer, as an "extraordinary player", but he believes the Germany international had things easy in the Bundesliga.

Vogts claimed Podolski spent too much time partying in Germany and having to fight for a place in the Arsenal starting XI could be just what he needs to push on in his career.

"I am happy that Podolski has left Cologne," Vogts said. "He had too many friends in the city. He got praised as a great runner if he ever got back to defend three times in a game.

"He got an easy ride and he believed his own publicity. But now he has a coach at Arsenal in Arsene Wenger who will make him work hard in training as well as matches.

"If Podolski fails to train properly twice or three times he won't get games. That is the way to develop him into a true professional."

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